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Scottsdale City Council passes code amendment regarding overseeding lawns

Scottsdale City Council approved a code amendment Sept. 20, stating that homeowner associations cannot mandate homeowners to overseed their lawns. The new code gives homeowners the ability to now …
The exterior of the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center at WestWorld.

After a record year, WestWorld seeks continued growth

Scottsdale’s WestWorld has long been a center of equestrian activity in the southwest, a home for horse shows and competitions that are a perfect fit in The West’s Most Western Town. …

Childhood cancer, illness is costly and heartbreaking fight

For most children, the days leading to Christmas are marked with sweet treats, fun events and eagerly awaiting Santa Clause. For 2-year-old Nolan Hull, December 2020 is when he and his family …

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Scottsdale firefighters rescue dog on desert trail, offer pet advice

Scottsdale Fire Department’s technical rescue teams on Wednesday afternoon rescued a dog that was showing signs of heat exhaustion from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. The woman was hiking …

Scottsdale council turns attention to littered Old Town alleyways

Add cleaning up alleys to the list of projects Scottsdale is undergoing to put on a shiny facade for the world to see during the upcoming 2023 Super Bowl. On Sept. 20, Scottsdale City Council …
First responders

MCSO asks for help solving Scottsdale hit-and-run

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident early Monday morning in Scottsdale. The accident happened at about 4:30 a.m. …
2022 Elections

Q&A: Kavanagh, Dugger seek election to Arizona Senate for District 3

Standing house representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and newcomer Thomas Dugger, D-Phoenix, are competing for Legislative District 3’s Arizona State Senate seat in the upcoming midterm elections.
2022 Elections

Q&A: Get to know the District 3 candidates for Arizona House

Candidates Joseph Chaplik, R-Scottsdale, and Alexander Kolodin, R-Scottsdale, are running unopposed by a Democratic competitor for the two seats on the Arizona House of Representatives for District 3 in the Nov. 8 general election.

Scottsdale mayor proclaims September ‘Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’

Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega has declared the month of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The city is encouraging the public to increase awareness and raise funds for those …

Motorcycle lane filtering law takes effect Sept. 24

Scottsdale Police Department sent out a notification for the community Sept. 19 that a new motorcycle lane filtering law will take effect Saturday, Sept. 24. This law was passed during the most …

Former interim Scottsdale Community College leader seeks top job at South Mountain CC

Veronica Hipolito,  who recently served as interim president at Scottsdale Community College, is among four finalists for president at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix. Hipolito, …
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Anable: Cyber Security Month highlights ‘team effort’ of internet safety

In October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month brings into focus three indisputable truths about the internet. One, it is an incredible resource that offers a universe of opportunities to …

Brown: Yes on DAA is an investment in our Scottsdale neighborhoods

Old guys have a tendency to talk about the past. I could talk about being a PTA president or serving on the SUSD Governing Board or serving on the Scottsdale Human Services Commission or even talking …

Maxwell: Why we need to support SUSD now more than ever

People in Scottsdale who know me know that I am a strong advocate for public schools. Yet I don’t have any kids in the SUSD school system. Why do I care so much about public education when …

Kirtley: SUSD override benefits all Scottsdale residents

Why should a Scottsdale senior voter approve the proposed SUSD additional assistance override? We don’t have children in schools anymore. We don’t all know the difference between the …

Struckman: Vote for the future of Scottsdale Schools’ students, opportunities

My time as a student in the Scottsdale Unified School District is best defined by one word: opportunity. When considering my peers’ varying paths to MIT, the common thread is undoubtedly the …

Henninger: Ps and Qs for a winning ‘Super Season’

When it comes to acrimony, Scottsdale leads the pack. Certain surefire issues — development, parking, apartments, school vouchers, etc. — give some residents a platform to prove the power …

Jackson: Override funds are important, normal part of paying for school needs

As the treasurer of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, former Scottsdale school board member and parent, I urge you to support the SUSD District Additional Assistance Override. These …

Vaules: 4 ways you can save public education in Scottsdale

Horace Mann, the great trailblazer of American public schools in the 19th century, referred to education as the “great equalizer of the conditions of men.” Unfortunately, the inverse …

Korte: Scottsdale schools' District Additional Assistance override benefits everyone

This fall, Scottsdale voters have the opportunity to enhance the Scottsdale Unified School District’s financial stability for the next seven years. The District Additional Assistance budget …

Kuhn: ESA expansion tramples the will of Arizona voter

I write in response to the guest commentary of Pam Kirby “ESA expansion is a victory for parents, students,” to point out crucial facts missing from her commentary. The first fact is …
Cherokee Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2022, after being nominated to apply by the Arizona Department of Education.

Cherokee Elementary earns blue ribbon status for 2022

The U.S. Department of Education named Scottsdale Unified School District’s Cherokee Elementary School a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School on Sept. 16.
In its annual School Supplies Drive, Scottsdale Quarter donated supplies collected to Arizona Helping Hands.

Scottsdale Quarter’s school supplies drive benefits local nonprofit

Scottsdale Quarter partnered with Arizona Helping Hands as the beneficiary of its annual School Supplies Drive.
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Over 50 Northeast Valley students qualify as National Merit semifinalists

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday the names of over 16,000 semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 58 students from Scottsdale and Paradise Valley schools.
Evan Hendrix is the reigning 4A All-Conference and 4A West Valley Region Offensive Player of the Year for the 2021 season. She was instrumental in the Saints winning the 4A State Championship last year.

Notre Dame Prep’s Evan Hendrix commits to Texas Christian University

Notre Dame Prep junior Evan Hendrix, 16, has officially committed to play volleyball for Texas Christian University.

Scottsdale Independent hosts Scottsdale school board candidate forum Sept. 22

The Scottsdale Independent invites community members to join in on a forum with the candidates running for the two open seats on Scottsdale Unified School District’s governing board.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

Boys Hope Girls Hope receives $125K grant from The Saguaros

Boys Hope Girls Hope Arizona has received a $125K grant from Scottsdale-based organization The Saguaros to support their residential scholarship program, a program for Phoenix high school students …

Equine therapy farm hosts 17th Celebrate the Art of Recovery event

Hunkapi Programs, an equine therapy farm located in the heart of Scottsdale, has announced it will host the 17th annual Celebrate the Art of Recovery event presented by Community Bridges on Saturday, …

Impact Gymnastics hosts second ‘Make an Impact’ Invitational

Watch future Olympians and competitive gymnasts hit the mats at the second annual Make an Impact Invitational, Oct. 1–2 at Sunnyslope High School, 35 W. Dunlap Ave. in Phoenix. A portion of the …
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Valley of the Sun JCC in Scottsdale hosts annual fitness fundraiser Oct. 9

If you’ve never been to the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center before, Oct. 9 will be a great day to discover what “The J” is all about at its fitness fundraising event, FitnessFest.

Meet the chairman: Garmany brings 63rd Phoenix Heart Ball to life

Going on more than six decades, the Phoenix Heart Ball will once again bring a spotlight to the dangers and prevention of heart disease as one of the Valley’s most prominent fundraisers …

Arizona’s indoor-outdoor, high-speed kart racing track and entertainment venue, Octane Raceway, will celebrate its 19th anniversary Oct. 3–6 with big deals and discounts on racing, axe …

The James Agency, Scottsdale’s female-led, full-service, integrated marketing agency, has increased its team by 30%, almost exclusively comprised of new and expanded positions based on client …
Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, will host a job fair 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Positions are available at the resort and its sister …
It’s a small business of small businesses. The Merchantile gained Valley love by giving hundreds of small business owners space and a voice to share their work with the community. Now, they are …
Scottsdale Entertainment

Sponsors for JAAM Classic360 Golf Tournament announced

Nothing But NET, a Valley-based information technology company, will be the presenting sponsor of the 2023 JAAM Classic360 Golf Tournament at TPC Scottsdale on Jan. 20, 2023. The JAAM Foundation …
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‘World-famous’ Scottsdale Polo Championships descends on WestWorld Nov. 5

Grab your champagne flutes and elegant party attire — the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships is soon returning, transforming WestWorld into a classy, equestrian day with much fanfare. The …

‘Modern Latina’ art exhibit opens Oct. 11 at Scottsdale library

Scottsdale Public Art will showcase artworks that celebrate the resilience and creativity of Arizona Latina artists in “Modern Latina: Cultura, Familia y Arte” from Oct. 11 through Dec. …

Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale coming Nov. 12–13

The popular Camelback Studio Tour and Art Sale returns to the Valley for its 14th year. According to a press release the 2022 tour takes place Saturday, Nov.12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 in nine local …
"Gaslight," the mystery thriller play, will open on Oct. 14 at Fountain Hills Theater.

New mystery thriller to be shown at Fountain Hills Theater

Fountain Hills Theater announced the opening of its latest show, the mystery thriller “Gaslight.”
OktoberWest Festival is coming to Scottsdale Saturday, Oct. 15.

Scottsdale resort to host OktoberWest Festival Oct. 15

Get ready to clap your hands and stomp your feet as The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale will soon host its inaugural OktoberWest Festival, a signature Kierland After Dark Event. OktoberWest …

Meet the artist: Scottsdale glass artist Newt Grover

If you are familiar with the work of Dale Chihuly, you need to meet Scottsdale artist Newt Grover.  Grover has had a passion for art since high school; and while his work has evolved over …
Scottsdale Quarter has announced the full lineup for its fall concert series, which occurs every Saturday from Sept. 24 through Nov. 12.

Fall concert series at Scottsdale Quarter releases full lineup

Scottsdale Quarter announced the return of its highly anticipated Fall Concert Series.
Art on the Boardwalk by Sundance Creek Promotions at the Arizona Boardwalk, 9500 East Vía de Ventura.

Arizona Boardwalk schedules free family events this fall

Arizona Boardwalk at Talking Stick is inviting families to several free outdoor events taking place in the coming weeks featuring everything from superheroes to Halloween costumes to bugs. …

Desert Dog Police K9 Trials & Public Safety Expo returns to WestWorld Oct. 22–23

Desert Dog Police K9 Trials & Public Safety Expo returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale Saturday, Oct. 22–23 for a thrilling action-packed competition, featuring heroic K9s, their police …
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